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Diet

Given all of my caloric expenditure, my dietary needs are well above most people, even body builders.  Lately, while living in Vegas, I have taken time off from basketball to let a few nagging injuries recover while trying to gain weight.  Since I don’t have all that cardio that comes from playing ball, I have been trying my best to eat as healthy as possible.  Outside of a few cheat meals bc of convenience, almost all of my diet comes from:

Almonds, oatmeal, bananas, strawberries, mangoes, blueberries, greek yogurt, tuna fish, brown rice, sweet potatoes, baking potatoes, skinless chicken breasts, eggs, orange juice, almond milk, lettuce, green beans, broccoli, zucchini, squash, peanut butter, and of course, protein powder.  I’d say at least 3 of my 7-8 meals a day come from shakes with a lot of that mixed in.  Also, I try and make interesting, yet healthy things.  Protein pancakes where I use the suggested cup of pancake mix and throw in a scoop of protein.  Sometimes a bit of a pain to make as they tend to burn and stick, but worth it.  Or oatmeal with protein powder and peanut mixed in with some frozen blueberries as well.

Given my schedule, I wake up and drink my glass of water and try and wait 30 minutes before eating.  I’ll have a good sized breakfast, usually a yogurt, 4 eggs and oatmeal, or protein pancakes.  Shower, play on the computer, whatever for about an hour and then take in my 1st shake.  Usually consists of 2 cups of water, 1 scoop of protein powder (25 g of protein), banana, cup of mango, tablespoon of honey, half a cup of oatmeal and sometimes strawberries and/or blueberries.  Get that in, relax for 45 and then jog the mile and a half to the gym.  As soon as I get there, I take my preworkout, stretch for 30 and then begin my routine.  As soon as I finish, I’ll have my protein shake of just water and a scoop of powder and then something for carbs, either a banana or some type of oatmeal/granola bar and maybe some almonds.  By the time I get home, I’m hungry again and make up a lunch consisting of either 2 chicken breasts and rice or 2 cans of tuna with a cup of cottage cheese and a salad of plain greens.

From there, it’s just eat a bunch of small meals consisting of all that usually with another decent sized meal around 8 and then another shake right before bed.  I’ve found since keeping a log that I snack almost constantly with simple things like almonds, peanuts, pretzels, dried fruit… Anything to keep me from getting hungry that isn’t too unhealthy.

And I think that’s it.  I haven’d had anything remotely close to fast food in quite some time.  I try my best to avoid anything processed or that you can get thru a drive thru.  Given my calorie demands and horrendous sweet tooth, I do cheat more than I should with things like milkshakes or frozen snickers bars, but I haven’t seen any harm in it yet.  If I was competing and trying to lean down, then yea, but since I’m trying to bulk, no worries…

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